Actually, I have only two posts scheduled for Fox Week (foxes are the only d*gs I like), so if you have GOOD fox photos, send them along.
The first set comes from regular Diana MacPherson, who sent photos taken by a friend of a fox and its presumed cubs. Her commentary follows:
Here are some cute fox pictures a family friend sent. He lives in northern Ontario near the French River and there are foxes who visit. She raids the food he puts out for chipmunks on his woodpile and she brought him that stick and it looks like she is playing with a ball he probably bought for the foxes.
The ball in situ:
She shows up with things like that ball which she steals from a dog’s grave. The neighbours had a Lab that died and they were really upset about it and so they put its toys on the grave and the fox steals the toys! She took off with that ball.
He also feeds her the cat food in a can with a lid (she comes buy yipping to be fed) but last time she took the whole works, can and all! The fox must have a den full of stuff she has stolen!
The “fetching” started when he threw a golf ball and she took the ball, came closer, then dropped it. He then threw it again and she took it and brought it closer and dropped it. He says she is teaching *him* how to fetch.
I think she just brought him the stick as the next thing she could train him with. She just showed up with the stick [below]. I don’t think he threw it for her though. I guess you can see how wolves could start on the road to domestication ~30 000 years ago if the fox is so trusting. I had one hang around my house that was really curious about the cows next door and would stare at them sitting there hunkered down.
Fox fetching stick:
These are the kits I believe but it’s hard to tell. The mom came with her kits in the summer and the kits learned to come up there for noms. They are *almost* tame!